The word Vedic comes from the root word Vid, meaning Wisdom. Vedic scriptures, of which Yoga & Ayurveda are an integral part, is not a one size fit all approach. It is a distinct approach, where every individual first begins by understanding one’s true self, or Atman, followed by one’s own body, or Sharira, and Mind, or Mana. It is in every dimension, a path of self-discovery, self-betterment, and constant self-improvement.
No matter what you desire, or achieve, in life. Nothing will make sense unless you have a happy mind and a healthy body. Sushruta, one of the revered Vedic sage, or Rishi, also known as the world’s first surgeon, writes in his work Sushruta Samhita – “A happy mind always leads to a healthy body. If your mind is happy, the body will be healthy, but if your mind is unhappy, it will be a matter of time before the body infests with diseases.” It is, therefore, crucial to keep your mind in a constant state of happiness. An unhappy Mind can seldom enjoy the fruits of labor. And a happy Mind is a balanced one.
Ashtanga Yoga, the Yoga as we know it today, is only the first step towards finding this balance of mind. It is also the art of the prevention of diseases. A significant part of Vedic knowledge is towards the prevention of diseases by finding the balance of mind. However, a healthy person can seldom appreciate one’s health. They do take their health for granted. They use and abuse their bodies through excesses and eventually suffer a variety of diseases. To help such people is Ayurveda.
Ashtanga Yoga, the Yoga as we know it today, is only the first step towards finding this balance of mind. It is also the art of prevention of diseases. A significant part of Vedic knowledge is towards the prevention of diseases by finding the balance of mind. However, a healthy person can seldom appreciate one’s health. They do take their health for granted. They use and abuse their body through excesses and eventually suffer a variety of diseases. To help such people is Ayurveda.
The Vedic Sanskrit language word Ayurveda comprises of two words, namely: Ayu or Life and Veda or Wisdom. Ayurveda is undoubtedly Wisdom of Life. Unfortunately, a significant number of people have equated Ayurveda to modern medicine. Some even go as far as presenting Ayurveda as a competition to modern medical science. As a result, there is an apparent conflict between practitioners of both forms of knowledge. Conflict is a path of ego and self-righteousness. It stems from ignorance. Given the fact that Ayurveda is the Wisdom of Life, nobody should confuse Ayurveda as a competition to anything.
Ayurveda is in the diet; it is also in perspectives of the mind. As Charaka, equally great Vedic Rishi, who could also be known as the world’s oldest known physician, says in his book Charaka Samhita “If the food is right, the medicine is of no need. If the food is not right, medicine is of no use.” What he is trying to suggest is that one must be careful with the food they take. And that food is not just for the body but also mind – thoughts. Therefore, if you are productively engaging your mind and helping it to maintain its balance – that in itself is Wisdom of Life or Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is in the diet; it is also in perspectives of the mind. As Charaka, equally great Vedic Rishi, who could also be known as the world’s oldest known physician, says in his book Charaka Samhita “If the food is right, the medicine is of no need. If the food is not right, the medicine is of no use.” What he is trying to suggest is that one must be careful with the food they take. And that food is not just for the body but also mind – thoughts. Therefore, if you are productively engaging your mind and helping it to maintain its balance – that in itself is Wisdom of Life or Ayurveda.
Vedic Management, we teach at Vedic Management Center, is on the foundations of Yoga & Ayurveda. The idea is to create leaders. To lead, you will need a happy mind and a healthy body. As Kautilya states in his Arthashastra, “A person infected with the disease will only yearn for health,” that “without health, everything is in vain.”
Before I conclude, here is a fascinating tale from my book RISHI TALES 2, which holds significant wisdom for all yearning for good health:
Author of Sushruta-Samhita – Rishi Sushruta – is regarded as the father of Surgery. He was also a great physician of his times. Whatever be the sickness, Sushruta could cure it with his magic touch.
“Sushruta! You are no ordinary human, but an incarnation of Dhanvantari – the physician of the Devas!” many would say. But Sushruta would reply in a composed tone, “My friend, some physicians in this country know as much as I know. If you find my treatment so good, it is because you have faith in me. I should say that it is the grace of Paramatman.”
People were impressed by his skill, knowledge, wisdom, and humility.
One day Sushruta fell ill and suffered from a bad cough. Months passed, but his cough did not subside.
“If you need some herbs, just let us know, and we will get them for you!” said one of his friends. Sushruta replied with a smile.
“It is universally believed that a healer, however effective he may be, cannot cure himself. I should advise you to place yourself under Ayushman’s treatment,” suggested another friend.
“For some time now, I too was thinking of doing so,” said Sushruta. He had heard much about Ayushman, a reputed healer. He journeyed to meet Ayushman, accompanied by some of his friends and well-wishers.
However, on arriving at Ayushman’s home, Sushruta was informed that he was not available. As Ayushman himself had been sick for over a month, he was consulting another physician named Vaidyaman, who lived in a nearby village, a day’s walk away.
“It is best I too visit Vaidyaman. Undoubtedly, he is the greatest physician of us all,” thought Sushruta.
They spent the night at a roadside inn and resumed their journey in the morning. By sundown, they entered the village. To their surprise, they saw the people of the bazaar looking sad. As they approached Vaidyaman’s house, they saw there a crowd, with many in it weeping.
“Did some distinguished patient of Vaidyaman die?” asked Sushruta to a crying bystander outside the revered healer’s house.
“Not any patient, sire; Vaidyaman himself is dead. He was bed-ridden for a fortnight. Tomorrow he was to pay a visit to Sushruta, the famous healer. But death came suddenly,” informed the bystander.
Sushruta brought his palms together and raised them to his forehead as a gesture of his respect to the departed soul. Then he turned to go.
His companions looked at him, meaningfully. Sushruta nodded and told them, “Let us go back. I assure you, I will be fine in no time.”
“How so?” asked his companions.
“While all had faith in me, I lacked faith in myself. Now I have regained it. Faith is the best medicine! I can cure myself,” explained Sushruta.
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Udupi Mahesh Prabhu is a media, management & political consultant. He is a Founder-Director of Vedic Management Center and pens columns for Business Goa and Swiss Entreprenuers Magazine. A fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland, London (UK) and member of the International Federation of Journalists(USA), he also holds a Masters in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing. For more info visit www.indiamahesh.com
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